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On Feb 19, 2021, the "Introduction to HCI" workshop was conducted by Dr. Martin Halvey from the University of Strathclyde and one of the DoSSIER advisors to the DOSSIER early-stage researchers. The one-day workshop covered these main topics: What is HCI; Experimental Design; and Investigation Techniques. The first part of the workshop was HCI definition and history, also it touched upon the related fields as psychology; Physiology; Medicine; and Ergonomics Sociology.

The second part of the workshop covered the experimental design in HCI and covered in more detail areas related to 'variables', 'task', and 'participants'. Besides, Dr. Halvey talked about ethics as crucial things to look at while designing experiments and how to ensure take into account the rights, safety, and wellbeing of the participants at all times. The final part of the workshops was about the various investigation techniques such as questionnaires; interviews; focus groups; observation; etc. Also, the advantages and disadvantages of each one of the mentioned techniques.

Dr. Halvey covered a wide range of important concepts that are crucial for the DOSSIER Ph.D. students to learn about at this stage of their careers. Especially that many of them will work on designing experiments and collecting data themselves. Learning about these concepts at the early stage of their career definitely would help them carry high-quality research and save them a lot of time. 


This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 860721